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Large mirror in the studio ?
Old 04-02-2006, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking of having a large enough mirror placed so the model could see herself as she posed. Would that create a problem with reflections from the strobes ? Does anyone do this ?

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Been there, done that, have the T-shirt and sold the mirror in a garage sale. What I found was that the mdoel kept looking into the mirror and not where I needed her to look.
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I tried a tall, thin mirror that was on a wooden frame.. it was light enough that I could get it very close to the camera position so as to minimize the effect Doug mentioned. Yeah, it can add some light where you didn't want it, but if you're using hot lights or modeling lights, you should be able to see the effect prior to tripping the shutter.

In the end, I kept it around for a while - used it as a prop in some shots - but when I moved studios I left it there for the next guy as it wasn't all that helpful.
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I noticed Peter Gowland. . .
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Had one in his studio. Like so many of his gadgets it was homemade.The problem with this kind of thing is that unless you're shooting through a hole in the mirror you aren't seeing what the model sees. Hmm. . .
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Had one in his studio. Like so many of his gadgets it was homemade.The problem with this kind of thing is that unless you're shooting through a hole in the mirror you aren't seeing what the model sees. Hmm. . .
You also see the mirror in use in the Kodak Gowland video as well as some of the books. It seems to be used for letting the model check her self out (make-up, hair, outfit, etc). I often use a mirror in my work. I use one of the tall thin white mirrors and it also works well when included in the photo if used correctly. See my portfolio for several shots using mirrors.

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